N2 reopens after violent protest

2012-03-19 10:17
Cape Town - The N2 highway at Grabouw has been reopened after a group of people protested and reportedly stoned vehicles early on Monday morning, Western Cape police said.

An SABC crew was pelted with stones while broadcasting from the scene for the morning radio news.

"It is believed that the unrest was caused by education and service delivery issues," spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk said.

"The Slangpark informal settlement borders the N2 highway and people from this community and the nearby Chotzoben informal settlement, on the Old Cape Road, are protesting."

According to Eyewitness News, the protesters gathered early for a planned march to highlight concerns about overcrowding and the quality of education in the town.

The Grabouw and Elgin Civic Organisation will be joined by Proudly Manenberg and other groups.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the violence could also be politically motivated, and could be linked to a by-election to be held in the region.

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